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The Chicago Mentoring Collaborative

Chicago Mentoring Collaborative
Mentor Recruitment and Training - Finding and Supporting Our Mentors

Quality mentors help our youth succeed. But do you need more mentors or help to strengthen your mentor training? Attend this workshop!
Friday, November 8, 2019
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
DePaul University
Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120
2250 N. Sheffield Ave

About this Event

Mentoring can be extremely rewarding for the youth and mentors in our programs, but it can also be hard work for the staff that manages the program. Finding the right mentors and then making sure they have the tools and skill sets needed to help our youth can be challenging. Join us as we discuss best practices in mentor recruitment and training and pick up tips and strategies you can implement in your program. In this workshop we will explore:
Mentor Recruitment
  • Understand the steps for building a targeted recruitment strategy
  • Identify major elements of a message that “sells” your program to the mentors you are trying to recruit
  • Implement strategies for making all aspects of your mentor recruitment and intake process “customer friendly”
  • Develop a systematic recruitment plan that specifies tasks, responsibilities and timelines
Mentor Training
  • Create a pre-match training for mentors that will provide basic knowledge and skills needed to begin to build an effective mentoring relationship
  • Create a post-match training for mentors that will build on existing knowledge and experience and be a value add as they continue to develop their mentoring relationship
  • Consider what your training strategy will be – frequency, method of delivery, etc.
  • Learn to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of your program


Geoff Thames is the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) – An Excel Center Program in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ACE supports both undergraduate and graduate students with individual coaching, academic writing support, academic skills workshops, and courses in English Language instruction and communication skills. He has additional experience in the development of peer-to-peer support programs, both in tutoring and in coaching. Geoff began his early career in music education at the secondary level. His interests in the process of student learning led him to become involved in academic support for students who need support with learning and attention at the postsecondary level. As a result of pursuing these interests, he obtained his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona.
Cheryl Howard-Neal is Principal of the Engagement Group, LLC. With more than 20 years of service in the non-profit sector working with mentoring/youth development programs, volunteers and corporations, Cheryl knows the value and potential in organizations building capacity, strong relationships and learning to engage youth, families and community partners to ensure we all thrive. As Principal at Engagement Group, Cheryl works with new and seasoned organizations to help them build efficiencies, establish best practices and create systems that help them better align with their mission and goals. Prior to Engagement Group, Cheryl served as Director of Programs and Partnerships at MENTOR Illinois where she facilitated trainings and workshops on mentoring best practices and provided technical assistance to help programs build capacity.
9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Check in, networking and light breakfast.
Workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
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